Monthly Archives: December 2011

Profile of an Older Cross-dresser

It is a great thing that a growing number of “LGBT older adults” cultural-competency curricula include content about transgender older adults.  However, many of these curricula pay little attention to older cross-dressers.

Earlier this month the Times Union of Albany ran a series of profiles of diverse transgender people, including Alison Laing, a 70-year-old cross-dresser who is well-known as an activist in transgender circles.   The article is only five paragraphs long, but provides a rare peek at the life of one older cross-dresser.

LGBT Elders: 2011 Achievements In Review

The following is the 2011 “Gennys,” awarded by the people behind Gen Silent: Continue reading

On the Right Side of History

It’s not always easy to recognize history in the making, but many people thought they saw just that in a seminal speech delivered this week by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at the United Nations in Geneva. Continue reading

Calling All (Potential) LGBT Filmmakers

I encourage all LGBT filmmakers or potential filmmakers to consider applying for this effort to increase the number and visibility of films (all platforms) about aging.   It would be wonderful to have our lives represented in the final package of films.


Working Films, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, announces Reel Aging: Real Change, an initiative that will tie compelling documentary films and transmedia projects that explore aging to ongoing policy work and grassroots campaigns supporting older populations globally. This new initiative will bring together media makers and advocates of elder rights for a residency and collaborative campaign that will offer audiences a unique way to reflect on how the aging process affects multiple generations all at once, as we head towards a future we all face – growing older. Continue reading

The Times They Are A-Changin’

This week I had the honor of speaking at yet another groundbreaking Obama Administration LGBT effort: an all-day, web-broadcast Summit on LGBT Senior Housing, held in the headquarters of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and co-sponsored by the Administration on Aging.  Continue reading

LGBT Senior Housing Summit Webcast

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, FORGE’s Transgender Aging Network will be among those speaking at a groundbreaking LGBT Senior Housing Summit put together by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Administration on Aging.

The summit will be simulcast on the web from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, at The agenda is available here:

During the webcast, audience questions can be sent via Twitter (#LGBThousing) or email (LBGTelderhousing [at] hud [dot] gov).  The webinar should be archived for later retrieval.

New Health Guidelines for HIV+ Older Patients

In time for December 1st’s World AIDS Day, the first-ever clinical treatment strategies for managing older people with HIV were issued. Continue reading